Posted: Nov 1, 2010 6:28 PM by Sarah Rosario
Updated: Nov 1, 2010 6:28 PM
ZACHARY - Failing to pay a ticket in Zachary could put you behind bars.
Authorities there have initiated a crime crackdown, and those with outstanding warrants will pay the price.
The initiative is a joint effort by Police Chief John Herty and City Court Judge Lonny Myles to make sure citizens abide by the law. The warrant backlog is stacked with nearly 1,500 violators, and authorities are doing what they can to whittle down those numbers.
“It’s a direct disrespect of the court. I mean, you’ve got an order to be in court, and you chose not to come. If we don’t enforce it, why don’t we let everyone stay at home? We’re not going to do away with it, so we’re going to enforce it,” said Myles.
The warrant roundups will take place on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Violators will be arrested and taken straight to city court to pay their fines.
Offenses that top the warrant list are speeding, DWI and driving under suspension. Other top offenses are seat belt violations, shop lifting and issuing worthless check. Failure to come to court is followed by six months in jail and a $500 fine.
When Zachary residents were asked if they think the consequences are too steep for violators, many of them said, “No.”
“I don’t think it is because next time they get a ticket, they’ll take care of it,” said Mona Delaune.
Those with outstanding warrants can pay their fines at the Zachary City Court, and their names will be removed from the list. Wednesday’s warrant round up will take place at 5:30 a.m. before most people go to work.